Production operators monitor equipment during operations. Attention to detail while monitoring gauges and lines is required. The ability to troubleshoot and maintain production line machinery typically is preferred. Operators generally are responsible for accurately and completely documenting production activities in a timely manner. Auxiliary tasks may include housekeeping, inspections, safety walkthroughs, organization, and transport. Responsibilities may include direct handling of products including during production, specification checks, and packaging.
Production operators generally work for a materials manufacturing or production company, with their work located directly on the manufacturing floor. Shifts may occur at any point in the day (day, evening, overnight), including overtime and holiday hours. Production operators must be able to work in a dynamic, noisy environment, and they must be comfortable with frequent physical activity for extended periods of time. Comfort with operating production machinery is a must; Fork truck experience typically is a bonus.
High school diploma or a GED equivalent normally is required in this position. For specialized positions and operations, further training or certifications might be required. General math and writing skills are required. The ability to multitask and handle tasks alone is a must; however, team work and cooperation is also important. Given that product needs to meet company and legal specifications, the ability to meet deadlines and execute tasks accurately and timely is extremely important.
Production Operator Tasks
- Inspect and quality check products, and verify accuracy.
- Interpret specifications and calibrate machines to reach goals.
- Simultaneously operate multiple pieces of equipment to produce products efficiently.
- Monitor gauges or other indicators to assess progress, production, and maintenance needs.